50 Greatest Guy Songs | Part 1
There have been a lot of great male country singers throughout the history of country music. And these legends of country music have written and recorded songs that have spoken specifically to the guys throughout the world that love country music. From Hank Williams Jr. to Waylon Jennings to Eric Church, these guys have written songs with a knack for knowing what the guys in the audience want to hear.
The stars of country music share similar lives to those of the guys in the audience. There are tough times that include divorce and losing a job. There are good times like having a few drinks after a long week. There are mischievous times when a guy just needs to hope that his best girl will forgive him.
Whatever the story is or what emotion a guy is feeling, he can count on the best in country music to deliver with a great song to capture the moment in time.
Here is a collection of the 50 greatest guy songs starting with #50 through #41…
50) Love You – Jack Ingram
After years of struggling to breakthrough as a national country star, Jack Ingram finally found success after working nearly 24 hours a day to promote his first number one hit Wherever You Are. However, it was his next single that spoke to the guys in the audience.
Love You is a play on a common phrase many guys feel like using and some probably use on occasion. Ingram uses the twist to try and put a fun twist on the common argument between guys and the women they love. It’s successful and the song became a big hit for Ingram. You can see him in concert today performing the song and most guys will be singing right along to the words Love You in the crowd. Some are probably even doing a little pointing.
49) It Ain’t No Crime – Joe Nichols
Joe Nichols has made a solid career for himself by covering songs that speak to the women of country music. Nichols’ smooth baritone vocals have the ability to bring the ladies to their knees as they swoon over country crooner.
But when Nichols released It Ain’t No Crime he was able to bring the guys in the audience a song that let them be themselves while telling everybody else to mind their own business. It Ain’t No Crime gives guys an excuse to take a breather after a long week of work.
As long as there are guys out there that need a little privacy without having to worry about what everyone else thinks there will be a need for songs like It Ain’t No Crime.
48) Tight Fittin’ Jeans – Conway Twitty
Sometimes a guy just wants to tell it like it is with a lady at the bar. When Conway Twitty released Tight Fittin’ Jeans he was singing about being in a bar and picking up a lady that was seemingly a little out of his league. There are guys in every bar that take the same chance and this song is one of their anthems. More often than not the guys that have the confidence to take a chance will wind up with the girl. Conway knew the power of this story when he covered the song. And it’s been a classic guy song ever since.
47) Wichita Lineman – Glen Campbell
Country legend Glen Campbell probably isn’t best known for his guy songs, but Wichita Lineman is a classic. It’s a song about a guy working on the telephone lines. It’s a lonely job, like so many others in the world. The working guy could relate to this song and Glen put emotion behind the story that connected with millions.
46) I’m Gonna Be Somebody – Travis Tritt
Most guys have dreams of becoming something in this world. Especially in America where everyone has a chance to take their dreams and turn them into riches, men love having the chance to make something of themselves. Travis Tritt keyed in on this emotion with his single I’m Gonna Be Somebody. The song is likely about Tritt’s own rise to fame in country music, but the story relates to all the guys in the audience that have their own dreams.
45) The One I Loved Back Then (The Corvette Song) – George Jones
There is no greater male singer in country music than George Jones. It’s no doubt that the legend will have songs on this list. His hit The One I Loved Back Then (The Corvette Song) was a smash hit in the ’80s. The song is mostly about a Corvette and a little bit about a pretty woman, but the guys in the audience love both so the song is a winner. Guys are pretty simple when it comes to happiness. Fast cars and pretty woman are two key ingredients to making just about any guy happy.
44) Ol’ Red – Blake Shelton
In 2002, up and coming country star Blake Shelton released his third single Ol’ Red. The song was unique when heard on the radio at the time. There is a dark, but fun nature to the song as Shelton tells the story as a prisoner cleverly working his way out of prison by using his cousin and a female blue tick hound to lure the warden’s own tracking dog as he escapes in the opposite direction.
There is always something to be said for a song that takes an otherwise bad guy and turns him into the hero of the story. Not all guys have done things to be put in prison, but most have done a few things to trick the authorities once or twice in their lives. And Shelton delivers with a clever, unique song that is still a favorite at his shows today.
43) I’m From The Country – Tracy Byrd
It’s clear right in the title that I’m From The Country is a song for the guys in the crowd. This song is about being from the country and being damn proud of that fact. There is no one better to sing a song about being country than the Texan Tracy Byrd. His southern voice was perfect for the song and it was an instant hit on the charts.
42) I Don’t Have To Be Me (‘Til Monday) – Steve Azar
Most guys are out working hard Monday through Friday to bring home enough money for their families while hopefully having enough left over for a few beers and a little fun on the weekend. Steve Azar may have written the theme song for this scenario with I Don’t Have To Be Me (‘Til Monday). The song lets guys feel good about skipping out of work a little early on Friday to take some time for themselves for an extended weekend.
41) Here’s a Quarter (Call Someone Who Cares) – Travis Tritt
Travis Tritt was scorned by a few divorces in his early years and the experiences made for some classic country songs. Tritt wrote an ultimate guy song with Here’s A Quarter (Call Someone Who Cares). The song is about telling the lady in your life to kiss it and say goodbye. There is a time in just about every guy’s life when he gets sick of the woman he’s with and he needs to move on. Travis Tritt seemed a little fed up with all the drama and he finally told the gal that he simply didn’t care what she had to say anymore.